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Fort Frances Times Online Edition - August 8, 2018

Fire hazard on the rise again

News
From the MNRF

The Northwest Region will see a warming trend over the next week, with the fire hazard slowly starting to rebound as fuels on the surface become more receptive to burning.

Thunderstorms over the past five days have resulted in more than 32,000 lightning strikes province-wide.

'Community Chest' still going strong here

News
Sam Odrowski

The Fort Frances Community Chest has been helping local families cover medical expenses for more than 20 years.

The not-for-profit group officially launched in 2000 when it partnered with the Town of Fort Frances.

Since then, it has provided financial assistance to hundreds of families facing medical emergencies from Rainy River to Mine Centre.

Two couples married in outdoors ceremonies

News
Robin McCormick
Devlin correspondent

The Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's annual fall fair goes next Thursday to Saturday (Aug. 16-18) in Emo.

There will be a mini-king/queen contest on the Thursday evening at the Emo-La Vallee Community Centre.

Contact Mary Croswell (487-1105) or Sis McCormick (276-2483) for more information.

U.S. ruling to have impact

News
Press Release

The U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed final anti-dumping and countervailing duties of up to 20.26 percent (combined) on imported Canadian uncoated groundwood paper and newsprint—a ruling that will hurt workers, weaken businesses, and increase costs for the consumer, says the Forest Products Association of Canada.

'A home away from home' offered for cancer patients

News
Sam Odrowski

While the U.S. health-care system is known for bankrupting families in need of medical treatment, a similar trend is occurring in some parts of Canada.

Individuals across the country are refraining from cancer treatments entirely due to the associated medical cost.

Nominations open for business awards

News
Staff

With its 22nd-annual business awards coming up next month, the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is asking that individuals and businesses take a moment to nominate a deserving person or business for one of the many awards up for grabs this year.

The award categories include:

Tickets for fair raffle available across district

News
Dave Ogilvie
Emo correspondent

The Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's raffle this year features a 2018 Yamaha Viking 700 ATV as the top prize.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the Emo-La Vallee rec centre on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 11 p.m. so it's important to get your ticket as soon as possible.

Tickets cost $20 each, with only 5,000 being printed.

'Music in the Park' girls' retreat benefit returning to Emo

News
Sam Odrowski

Musicians from across the district are slated to perform at the sixth-annual “Music in the Park" to help raise money to send a group of girls to the "I Am Awesome! (And I know it)” retreat in the fall.

Weekly calendar winners

News

Sherwin Durand (Atikokan) and Stan Olson (Stratton) won the $100 up for grabs for July 31 and Aug. 1, respectively, in the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association's weekly cash calendar draw.

Moose hunters nabbed

News
From the MNRF

Two moose hunters were fined for hunting violations in the Red Lake area.

Terry Petropoulos of Markham pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for hunting a bull moose without a licence, $1,200 for shooting across a roadway, and $500 for allowing a moose to become unsuitable for human consumption.

He also received a one-year hunting suspension.

My top 10 tips for barbecuing

News

If you haven't dusted off your outdoor grill yet, you are missing out on a very flavourful lifestyle.

So, in honour of the kings and queens of the backyard barbecue, the ones that struggle with it, and everyone in between, I give you my top 10 barbecuing tips.

Emo Fair queen pageant on hold this year

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

The Emo Fair Queen contest is taking a break this year to revamp the event.

The long-running competition has seen a decline in participants over the years. From 2014-16, for instance, only four young women signed up to run—and then just three last year.

Alzheimer calendar winners for August

News
Staff

Marty and Kacy Koury of Rainy River were among the $40 winners in the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts' cash calendar draw for August.

Other winners included Kenora residents Ladon Kylwak (twice), Marion and Rod McKay, Amanda Kitchner and Justin Kaus, Sheri Blake (twice), Judi Brennan, Jayne Dilk, John Hendy, and Michelle Thomas.

Digital art program coming to '7 Gens'

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

A new program at the Seven Generations Education Institute here hopes to put a digital spin on how students tell their stories.

“Video Game Art” is a new two-year diploma program being offered through SGEI, in partnership with Sault College, that allows students to explore art creation and digital production.

College names president

News
Press Release

Board of Governors chairperson George Patterson announced Thursday that Kathleen Lynch is the successful candidate who will be serving as incoming president of Confederation College.

Lynch will succeed outgoing president Jim Madder, assuming official duties on Sept. 4.

Local artist expresses trauma through art

News
Stephanie Hagenaars
Summer reporter

An display at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre is showcasing local creations through an initiative to promote area artists.

Cassandra Cochrane is the artist behind this month's exhibit.

Originally from Rainy River First Nations, Cochrane currently is pursuing a fine arts degree at the University of Manitoba.

Tips sought to identify those who started fire

News
From the MNRF

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public's help in identifying the individuals responsible for starting a forest fire on an island in Bag Bay on Shoal Lake.

The fire was 0.1 hectares in size when discovered on the evening of Sunday, July 29.

This location can be accessed only by boat from Shoal Lake, which is located west of Kenora.

Park re-opens bald eagle nesting areas

News
Press Release

Six of Voyageurs National Park's 276 developed visitor use camping and houseboat sites that were affected by temporary closures in May to protect bald eagle nesting pairs now are re-opened for public use.

The areas affected by the temporary closures were at:

'Pop Up Playground' event planned again

News
Sam Odrowski

The United Native Friendship Centre here is offering fun activities for kids and their families at the next “Pop Up Playground” event slated for next Thursday (Aug. 16) at the Legion Park here.

Running from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., families can enjoy fun games, bubbles, painting activities, crafts, and refreshments provided by the UNFC.

Wolves hand Braves first loss of season

Sports
Staff

With their perfect season on the line, the Sight & Sound Wolves decided to throw a wrench into the Fort Frances Braves' plans.

Northern Storm win medals

Sports
Staff

It was a successful weekend for the Northern Storm 06 and 14U girls' hockey teams.

The Northern Storm 06 squad claimed the gold in the USA International Cup 'AAA' hockey tournament while the 14U one nabbed silver.

Locals Keira Fairnington and Eva Gerstner helped the Northern Storm 06 go a perfect 5-0 en route to the title.

Riders perform well at horse show

Sports
Staff

District horse-lovers were able to get their fill over the weekend in Emo.

The Borderland Quarter Horse Association held its annual show at the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society's fairgrounds, featuring district riders, as well as those hailing from as far away as Manitoba, Minnesota, South Dakota, participating in the three-day event.

Tebinaak win in playoff thriller

Sports
Staff

It looked like it could be over early but wound up turning into one of the most thrilling games so far in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League's playoffs.

The 10th-seeded Sabaskong Tebinaak used a trio of multi-run innings to outlast the fifth-seeded Fort Frances Mud Dogs 24-19 in a Loser's Side matchup last Wednesday evening at the St. Francis Sports Field.

SIJHL expansion among topics discussed

Sports
Press Release

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Saturday a number of the key topics discussed and finalized during its annual general meeting held last week.

Among the items on the agenda, the SIJHL Board of Governors received updates and discussed potential upcoming league expansion in both Canada and the U.S. for the 2019-20 season and beyond.

Local hall of fame seeking nominees

Sports
Jamie Mountain

If there is someone you think is worthy to be entered into the Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame, now is the time to help get them that honour.

The Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for its 2019 class.

Arpin fails to reach finals in Trois-Rivieres

Sports
Staff

It wasn't the type of showing he had hoped for over the weekend.

Fort Frances native Steve Arpin finished shy of advancing to the finals during the third round of the Americas Rallycross (ARX) at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres held Saturday and Sunday.

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross' (VARX) Scott Speed took a clean sweep over the weekend in his Volkswagen Beetle Supercar.

Wilson captures first win

Sports
Staff

Coming into Saturday night with just two top-five finishes to his credit, Gary Wilson decided the time was right to claim his first checkered flag of the Borderland Racing Association's season.

The Devlin native beat out three-time winner Brody Strachan of Emo to earn his first win of the year in the WISSOTA Modifieds division at the Emo Speedway.

Wepruk duo

Photos
Duane Hicks

George Elliott, left, and Bob Wepruk of Bob Wepruk & the Northern Jammers (above) performed a free country jam much to the delight of the small crowd that turned out last Thursday evening at the Rainy Lake Square.

Best Start workshop

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Kristina Wolff, left, Miranda Sigurdson, a public health nurse with the Northwestern Health Unit, and Nicole Johnson laughed as Kailey Yellowega's son, Hudson, stole their attention during a “Children See, Children Learn" workshop for parents with children up to age two held Thursday evening at the Fort Frances "Best Start" hub.

Sunflower field

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

It's hard to miss this field of sunflowers along the south side of Highway 11/71 just east of Emo. Ten acres of tall, bright yellow sunflowers are growing next door to the Dykstra family house, which were planted by local farmer Harold Kelly, who added there currently is about 100 acres of sunflowers at his farm.

Anniversary greetings!

Photos

Fort Frances residents Joyce and Walter Woodland received special written recognitions of their 60th wedding anniversary celebration from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday afternoon.

-Sam Odrowski photo

Cochrane sculpture

Photos

A wooden sculpture of a tree is on display at the Fort Frances Library Technology Centre as part of its initiative to promote the works of local artists. The piece is one of an array of creations by artist Cassandra Cochrane, who is from Rainy River First Nations and currently is attending the University of Manitoba for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Aboriginal exhibit

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Three pieces of artwork from local artist Cassandra Cochrane are on display at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. It consists of a self-portrait drawing and two multimedia projects that she created for various school projects. The works can be viewed at the library until the week of Aug. 20.

Under the bar

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Kids participating in the “Open Streets" activities on Front Street in Emo last Thursday were asked "How low can you go?" as April Simmons, left, co-ordinator for the Emo "Best Start" hub, and assistant co-ordinator Barb McQuaker held up the limbo bar.

Learning to knit

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Kathleen Guild-Gunderson of the Fireside Yarn Club helped “newbies" learn the basics of knitting last Wednesday night during a "Youth Knitting Night" workshop at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Those on hand carefully followed along as she showed them how to "cast on”—creating the base line of stitches on a knitting needle.

Connect 4

Photos
Stephanie Hagenaars

Emma and Nicholas Pattison (above) played a few rounds of an enlarged “Connect Four" game during the "Open Streets" festival held Thursday afternoon on Front Street in Emo.

Dress exhibit

Photos

A skirt on display at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre tells a story about one artist's journey through trauma. Local artist Cassandra Cochrane uses the four colours of the First Nations' medicine wheel, as well as her aboriginal art professor's teaching of the “Spirit Mender Model,” to design the skirt and make herself a part of her artwork.

Low drive

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Jarrah Tom of the 10th-seeded Sabaskong Tebinaak smacked an inside-the-park home run during her squad's 24-19 win over the fifth-seeded Fort Frances Mud Dogs in a Loser's Side playoff game in Rainy River District Women's Fastball League action last Wednesday evening at the St. Francis Sports Field here.

Stay back

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Natalie Desjardins of Al's Racquet Stringing tried to stave off a defender while she loaded up to hammer a pass up the pitch during her squad's 6-1 romp over La Place Rendez-Vous in Borderland Soccer League women's division action last Tuesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field. Desjardins scored four times to pace Al's offence. The two squads then battled to a 4-4 tie on Thursday night.

Horse show

Photos
Jamie Mountain

Kiya Fenwick of Dryden (above) showcased some of her riding skills Sunday morning during the Borderland Quarter Horse Association's annual show at the Emo fairgrounds. She claimed first place in the Novice Youth division, riding her horse Sleep Deprived. Dale Barkman of Steinbach, Man.

Beating throw

Photos
Jamie Mountain

John Desaulniers of the Sight & Sound Wolves busted his way down the first-base line to reach safely on an infield single during his squad's 10-4 win over the Fort Frances Braves in the first game of the East Division final in Rainy River District Fastball League action last Thursday night at VanJura here.

Canned food companies to increase prices to combat aluminum tariffs

Business
By Tara Deschamps The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Soup, soda and beer makers can’t seem to put a lid on the effects of the recent aluminum tariffs.

The 10 per cent fees that were slapped on imports of the metal by U.S. President Donald Trump in early July are making cans more expensive and forcing food and beverage companies that rely on them for packaging to consider price increases and other ways to offset the costs.

Samsung plans $22 billion for artificial intelligence, autos

Technology
By Youkyung Lee The Associated Press

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Samsung Electronics plans to spend $22 billion over the next three years on artificial intelligence, auto components and other future businesses as the company maps out its strategy under the restored leadership of Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong after he was freed from prison.

ACLU lawsuit accuses US of wrongfully denying asylum

International
By Nomaan Merchant And Amy Taxin The Associated Press

HOUSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. government Tuesday over its efforts to prevent immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries.

Retailers raise game on back-to-school supplies

Lifestyles
By Anne D’Innocenzio The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The microwave ate my homework? Reusable notebooks where writing disappears with heat are among the basic school supplies raising their game against gadgets like iPads.

Also hot in the paper aisle this year: Decorative tape, creative journals and scented pencils in smells like bacon and pickle.

Hot, sunny days in store

Weather

Skies will be clear to partly cloudy tonight, with an overnight low of 12 C (54 F) and northwest winds gusting up to 15 km/h.

Tomorrow will be mainly sunny and hot, with a high of 28 (82) and low around 14 (57).

Look for northwest winds gusting up to 13 km/h.